This part of North America is in the midst of a heat wave – for us that means temperatures about 10 degrees Celsius (around 15 Fahrenheit) warmer than usual, both during the day and overnight. Add to that extreme humidity with no rain and it means a very sudden end to what was a glorious spring and an entrance of what appears will be an uncomfortable summer. In my garden, peonies show heat distress first – opening their buds at a furious rate, and then just as quickly dropping their petals. I went out early yesterday morning to ‘rescue’ a few of the flowers, bringing them indoors so that we could enjoy them for a day or two longer.
Many thanks to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting IAVOM and giving gardeners around the world an opportunity to share their flower designs.